Wes Swimmers Find Success in Final NESCAC Tri-Meet
Coming off hard-fought defeats at the hands of Tufts and Williams, the Wesleyan men’s and women’s swim and dive teams were at it again last weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 29, the teams traveled to Colby to compete in a tri-meet. This marked their final meet against NESCAC opponents before the NESCAC championships on Feb. 25 at Bowdoin, who joined Wesleyan and Colby at this past weekend’s meet.
The women’s team, building off a strong performance against its Massachusetts NESCAC rivals, excelled against its Maine rivals. The team was victorious against both Colby and Bowdoin, winning 165-118 and 165-128, respectively. This success was nothing new to the team. The Lady Cards notched their 11th victory in the past 14 tries over the Polar Bears, while the win over the Mules was their third in their last four. Winning multiple individual events was Cara Colker-Eybel ’13, who came in first in both the 100m backstroke and the 200m individual medley. Wesleyan won seven events, five individual and two relays, with the other individual victors being Taylor Hotvet ’14 in the 1000m freestyle, Tess Lemon ’14 in the 200m breaststroke, and Rachel Cohen ‘12 in the 200m butterfly. Competing in winning relays were Hotvet, Alyssa Savarino ‘14, Ally Anderson ‘13 and Cara Madden ‘11 in the 400m freestyle and Madden, Lemon, Cohen and Colker-Eybel in the 400m medley relay. The two victories secured a fourth straight winning campaign for the Cardinals, as they improved their record to 8-4 on the season.
The men’s team earned a split over the weekend, defeating the Colby Mules by a count of 164-95, but falling to Bowdoin, 205-86. Wesleyan improved its record in the all-time series versus the Mules to 13-2, but the tables were turned versus Bowdoin, as the Cardinals fell to the Polar Bears for just the second time in the previous 18 contests. Co-captain Darren Thomason ’11 turned out another winning performance, taking first in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke against Bowdoin. There were a slew of other individual victors against the Mules, as Ross Gormley ’13 scored both the 1000m freestyle and 200m butterfly, Momo Saleh ’12 took first in the 500m freestyle and 200m individual medley, and Alex Brody ’12 rounded out the four multiple event winners in the 100m and 200m freestyle. Martin Kafina ’13 in the 100m butterfly and Julian Azaret ’13 in the 200m backstroke capped the individual Wes victories. Wesleyan also added the 400m medley and freestyle relays to their victory stash over the Mules. The split moved the Cardinals’ record to 4-8.
Both teams will be in action again on Saturday, Feb. 5, for a home tussle against the US Coast Guard Academy in their last dual meet of the regular season.